Product of Eugene – A Product Design Apprenticeship Program 

A partnership between Lane Arts Council and the University of Oregon Department of Product Design. 

The Product of Eugene program offers Lane County middle and high school students apprenticeship opportunities in graphic, digital and physical design. Students pair with a professional product designer (often UO instructors or alumni), utilizing the technology available at the 942 Olive building in Downtown Eugene. This 13,000 sq. ft. building features classrooms, studios, digital design lab, plastics lab (with 3D printers, laser cutter, analog shop tools) and exhibition spaces.

Students work alongside their mentor to understand the profession of product design, explore specific ways to approach design, and begin creating innovative products of their own. In addition to learning a creative practice, students also explore the business aspects of a creative career, bolstering college and career readiness regardless of their chosen field.

The apprenticeship program:

  • Pairs 2-3 students with an artist mentor, for a total of 25 after-school hours over a 10 week period for intensive, direct learning.
  • Supports students in creating a hands-on project that can be presented or demonstrated at the end of the term.
  • Introduces business aspects of a creative career.
  • Provides students professional training opportunities through workshops and community talks with international designers.

Professional artists, designers, educators and arts organizations are working together to guide students who may be considering a career in design or another creative field. Whether or not students pursue these careers, the Product of Eugene experience will help them cultivate “world of work” skills they can utilize in any profession.

Past Product of Eugene mentors have brought experience in wood and metal design, fashion design, graphic design, digital projection, 3D rendering, ceramics and electrical engineering.

YES! We will offer our Arts Apprenticeship program again in the 2019-2020 school year!

Important Dates for Winter Term:

  • Applications Due: December 6th, 2019
  • Kick Off Event: 5:30-7:00pm January 8th, 2020
  • Library Maker Hub Workshop: 11am-12:30pm January 11th, 2020
  • 10-Week Apprenticeship Collaboration: January 11th-March 20th, 2020
  • Final Showcase: April 3rd, 2020

Links to Winter Term 2019 Application:



This program is a partnership with the University of Oregon Department of Product Design and is supported in part by an award from the Oregon Community Foundation and WLS Spencer Foundation.





Images from Product of Eugene during the 2017-2018 school year: